Purity

So, I probably won’t have time to post more than once a day, but I just wanted to share this really quickly.
I was reading on Made In His Image a ton of really encouraging quotes with pictures (you know, the super cute artsy ones :D) and they’re about purity and selfless love and hope – it’s all so beautiful 😀
and then I read this article (http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/raquel-welch-the-era-of-porn-has-annihilated-men) on Maura’s blog http://ifighthimwithlove.wordpress.com/ – it’s super interesting!
Like Maura said, please pray for purity! St Maria Goretti and St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

UPDATE:
I just wanted to check in here at the end of my day 😀 today was nice and slow – I had my first class and it should be super fun! We’re reading the Aeneid and Robert Frost.  I’m liking the Aeneid the second time around – seeing it more as a sort of propaganda to make the Roman people proud and guide their thoughts in a certain direction 😀
What was best about today though, was the Chiesa del Gesu, the Jesuit church with St. Ignatius and St. Francis Xavier’s relics. It is probably the most beautiful church I have personally seen.  Also, God is just really wonderful and amazing in all ways.  Something that struck me is the wisdom the Church has in placing relics of the Saints and *real* beautiful art in churches.  Some may call it distracting, but I believe it really serves to elevate your mind.  And where your mind is, there your words and actions are.  They all form the person you are and become.  Given the rich theology taught through the symbolism in the paintings and sculptures, I could have spent hours there.  It was all around beautiful, refreshing, inspiring, and gratitude-inducing 😀
God speaks to those who listen in the beauty and goodness of the extraordinary, as well as the ordinary in life.  Guided by the Wisdom and Prudence of the Holy Spirit, may we share the gifts God has given us, material and spiritual, with wild generosity and self-denial.  Through the intercession of Sts. Anne, Francis Xavier, Ignatius, and the Blessed Mother, may our hearts always be tender and attentive to the voice of the Loving Shepherd, calling us to service in His Name, and eternal bliss with Him. Amen.

P.P.S
This is an absolutely beautiful meditation and reading which we received this morning in class.  I hope to live by it this semester.

The Decalogue of Pope John XXIII

 


  1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.
  2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.
  3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.
  4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.
  5. Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.
  6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.
  7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.
  8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.
  9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.
  10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

To conclude: here is an all-embracing resolution: “I want to be kind, today and always, to everyone.”

In this way, we can put Pope John’s hope for every Christian into practice: “Every believer in this world must be a spark of light, a core of love, life-giving leaven in the mass: and the more he is so, the more he will live, in his innermost depths, in communion with God.”

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone
Oct. 11, Memorial Mass of Blessed John XXIII

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